Western Flyer Aquarium Fish Handplane
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This double concave, super glossy, fish-shaped handplane matches the Ventana Barred Surfperch 5'10 - Board #100.
The top is made of fiddleback redwood salvaged from our local mountains. The inlayed wooden star was crafted by our collaboration partner Paul Jasper of Cooper Pig Fine Woodworking in Framingham, Massachusetts. Paul used wood from the Ventana Upcycle Partner Program to create the stars. The red colored Doug fir is from the hull of the Western Flyer, considered by many to be the most famous fishing boat in the world. John Steinbeck, Ed "Doc" Ricketts and crew sailed this 77-foot sardine boat into the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico in 1940. The following year, Steinbeck published his book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez about the adventure. Learn more about this amazing boat and Ventana's use of its wood. The lighter wood is from the floorboards of the historic cooperage building on the campus of UC Santa Cruz. The cooperage was used to make barrels for limestone during the California Gold Rush in the 1800s. The darkest wood is ebony from Santa Cruz Guitar Company fret board offcuts. Martijn filled the gaps between the stars and the fin with a brass using a secret Ventana process.
This handplane uses Entropy Super Sap Epoxy bio-resin which is made using mostly tree sap. The hand strap is nylon and adjustable. It is covered with off cuts from O'Neill Wetsuit product development, and the wood is shaped with our unique, ergonomic hand fit. The hardware is solid brass. As with all Ventana handplanes, this one floats so you can easily pass it between friends in the waves.
This handplane comes with a Ventana, double-thick, reclaimed towel bag with a Paracord drawstring from Khordz mugs.
You only need a single handplane on your leading arm for a great ride every time! This is a terrific conversation piece in your home and will slice you across the face of any sized surf.
Purchase this handplane in one of the follow packages:
- Handplane + Towel Bag: $395
- Handplane + Towel Bag + Reclaimed mahogany stand: $495
Handplane + Towel Bag + Reclaimed, custom, premium wood stand: $575
(we'll contact you to discuss your design)
Handmade in Santa Cruz, California and designed by master craftsman Martijn Stiphout
Dimensions: 14" x 9" x 3/4"
All Ventana Handplanes are ECOBOARD Project Gold Level Verified by SustainableSurf.org!
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